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Bucs coach tried to defuse “deserter” question of Rolle

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In the wake of at best a misunderstanding resulting from a poorly-worded question and at worst an exercise in flat-out rudeness, Florida State safety Myron Rolle said he holds no grudges regarding the inquiry he received from the Buccaneers regarding the question of whether he “deserted” his team by taking a Rhodes Scholarship in 2009.

But Rolle’s latest comments on the matter suggest that the situation wasn’t as innocuous as G.M. Mark Dominik recently tried to characterize it.

“They want to see you on your feet, see how you respond to certain questions and I think that was an example,’' Rolle told Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, via “So there’s no anger, no ill will toward them at all.

But Rolle also says that Bucs coach Raheem Morris told the player, “It’s our job to ask these provocative questions and try to make you think,’ and he said if his son were to be in the same position, that he would tell him to go to Oxford as well.”

So despite the efforts of Dominik and, in turn, Cummings, to coat a turd in tinsel, the reality is that the Bucs asked Rolle a question that made Morris feel compelled to try to take some steam out of the situation. Should we expect anything else from a team that has been spending much of its energy over the last year trying to convince folks that it’s spending plenty of money on players, even when it really isn’t?